The Chicago Bears waved good bye to Nick Roach and Brian Urlacher and within 48 hours they signed D.J. Williams and James Anderson.
The two additions were more than just some grasping at straws signings, both are accomplished linebackers and who could upgrade the Bears linebacker corps.
Before off the field issues, Williams was considered one of the top middle linebackers in the NFL and James Anderson was cut for salary cap reasons, not because of a loss of ability.
Both players have experience in playing in 3-4 or 4-3 defenses, new defensive coordinator Mel Tucker likes to switch between the two and gives him a lot of versatility.
The Bears still will run the cover 2 style, but there will be some new nuances. According to Michael Wright of ESPN.com, losing Urlacher may hurt the traditional Bears fan, but in essence Chicago may have gotten better overall. Wright writes:
‘The latest moves might also signify a shift away from the Tampa 2 scheme the club had run over the year...